Effects Of Alcohol On The Consumption Of Alcohol

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Alcohol consumption is highly prominent around the world and Australia. Most Australians have consumed alcohol at some point of time in their lives. Most individuals doing so at a level that is acceptable and does not lead to any ill health or injury. There is, however, an issue with the misuse and abuse of alcohol in Australia across all age groups. This paper will discuss the use of alcohol in Australia broadly before focusing on the consumption of alcohol in the 16-29 year old age group. This essay will also discuss the impacts of alcohol consumption in the short term and the long term. As misuse and abuse of alcohol can cause many health issues, psychologically and physically. Young adults between the ages of 16-29 years old are a…show more content…
Public health policy will also be discussed as a promotional health intervention. A majority of Australians have tried alcohol in their lifetime, with only 13.8% of the population reporting to have never consumed alcohol in The 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (AIHW, 2013). The consumption of alcohol is done for a variety of reasons and occurs in social situations and cultural contexts. Alcohol may be consumed for sociability, as a result of peer influence, religious observance or for cultural participation. Other common reasons for alcohol consumption in Australia are pleasure and relaxation, mood alteration, boredom, enhanced creativity, intoxication, addiction, habit, to overcome inhibitions or as a self-medication to forget or escape from everyday problems. The 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (AIHW, 2013) shows that there has been a decline in individuals that consume alcohol daily with the percentage falling from 7.2% in 2010 to 6.5% in 2013. The 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (AIHW, 2013) also discovered that there is an increase in the number of younger individuals that delay the starting of consumption, with the beginning age increasing from 14.4 years in 1998 to 15.7 years in 2013. Any level of alcohol consumption may increase the risk of illness and injury. However, According to The 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (AIHW, 2013) most Australians that consume alcohol
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